In order to achieve the mission of The Alabama Conference of Black Mayors (ACBM), our goals include providing public service that enables strong, healthy, sustainable, resilient communities throughout Alabama. The ACBM seeks to achieve its goals through a series of programs that focus upon creating and maintaining economic and community development, increased access and opportunities for healthy lifestyles and overall wellness, improving the quality of life through education, and fostering broad-based citizen participation in planning and implementation. Currently, the ACBM is in the planning and preparation stage of these programs and expects to begin implementation in the fall of 2016.
Outreach Institute The Community Outreach Institute (COI) is the ACBM core program. Participants in the COI help to ensure successful outcomes in all other ACBM programs. This is because, through the COI, the ACBM can provide intensive community outreach training for community stakeholders from a wide variety of backgrounds and communities throughout Alabama. Once the training has been completed, the newly trained COI Community Organizers can work through the ACBM in its efforts to connect with local families and provide ongoing support with regard to resources and opportunities that improve life quality.
ACBM Healthy Communities Program Providing resources, opportunities and ongoing support for Alabama families to live healthier lives through the reduction of health disparities. Methods Include:
ACBM health disparity trainings and health education resources for mayors and community stakeholders.
Collaboration with healthcare professionals, educational institutions, county & state governmental agencies, churches/ministries, community-based organizations and grassroots leaders to significantly reduce health disparities in small cities/towns and urban areas throughout the state of Alabama in a sustainable, measurable way.
Partnering with existing programs and providing intense community outreach to connect and provide ongoing support to Alabama families to help ensure that they achieve maximum benefit from the programs. Examples of these programs include (but are not limited to) the Eat Smart Move More Outreach Program, the Fruit & Vegetable RX Program, Mobile Medicine Partnership Projects and More.
ACBM 5k,10k & Half Marathon Road Race Team - Through the support of the ACBM, the Road Race Team can participate in 5k and 10k Run/Walk Events, as well as Half Marathons throughout the state of Alabama and the region while serving as ACBM Health & Wellness Ambassadors.
STATEMENT: Dear Alabama Citizens,
Thank you for coming together during this unprecedented time to meet the challenges of COVID-19 in Alabama. Your resilience and willingness to protect and support families, friends, and neighbors locally and statewide will ensure that we will defeat this virus. The ACBM looks forward to working together with all agencies and organizations to eradicate the Covid-19 crisis in Alabama.
Also, we understand that we must remain vigilant and proactive regarding the health & safety of Alabama families during and beyond the challenges of Covid-19. Therefore, we are preparing to implement the Mayors for Healthy Communities Program in Alabama this year.
The Mayors for Healthy Communities Program (MHCP) is a project designed to close the gap between academic medicine, healthcare organizations and the community through capacity building in communities of greatest need. This is accomplished by connecting to people who are most affected by disparities with resources, treatment, and ongoing support.
Furthermore, this initiative will partnerships and collaborations to training opportunities designed to enhance the health leadership skills of mayors, elected officials, and community leaders from cities and towns throughout Alabama.
It has been said that “Healthy living begins at home. That is why it is imperative that as local leaders we work together to promote and encourage the health and sustainability of our families and communities.
Narrative Description of Activities
Alabama notes and observe numerous historical activities... Many of these activities shed light on events that maybe regarded as positive. There are some occurrences within the Alabama history that have the potential to develop as favorable tourist attractions, as well as simultaneously generate dollars for economic development archives that can impact the local economies if given exposure. One such occurrence is the recent history and the election of eight black mayors through the state of Alabama. To date, there is very little history or systematic documentation to highlight the number of constituents served collectively or the economic potential that exist within these local economics headed by the fifty plus mayors throughout Alabama.
In 1972, eight mayors were elected throughout the country. In Alabama A.J. Cooper was elected mayor of Prichard, Al, a city of 45,000 people, making him the first African American in the state of Alabama to accomplish this goal since reconstruction . That same year, Johnny Ford also became the mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama, a historic Alabama town that is well known for Tuskegee University and the Tuskegee Airmen among other historic events. This occurrence marked the beginning of the modern era of the election of black mayors throughout the state of Alabama. While these occurrences have been documented spottily, they have the potential to serve as the basic for brining additional jobs and economic activity to Alabama through meetings, business development and visits from tourist, as well as business groups to the State of Alabama.
Our aim is to provide our members, supporters and partners with articles, research, and commentaries relevant to building cities in the State of Alabama.
The Alabama Conference of Black Mayors (ACBM) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities and provide our members, supporters and partners with articles, research, and commentaries relevant to building cities in the State of Alabama. The (ACBM) team has spent the last year surveying, interviewing and listening to our individual members, leaders, and constituency. We are focused on what matters most to our members and municipalities in the state of Alabama. We have heard the voices of the voiceless and we agree that it is time to transform the Alabama Conference of Mayors.
The benefits are leadership development, public policy awareness, networking opportunities, roundtable discussions, and continuing education.
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